Quad bike fines reduced

Lyle Haste teaches student Ciaran Barham, 16, some important farm safety skills with a quad bike.

Three farmers have their fines reduced on appeal for quad bike convictions

4000th covenant celebrated

The QEII National Trust celebrated the registration of its 4000th covenant at an event hosted on a farm at Kairangi in the Waikato. From left are the Trust's key founder Gordon Stephenson and wife Celia, who registered the first covenant in 1979, and Keith and Margaret Ormsby who registered the 4000th covenant, the second to be registered by them on their Otorohanga dairy farm.

QEII National Trust registers its 4000th covenant nearly 40 years after its first official land protection.

World's tallest cow dies

Blosom, the world's tallest cow, died May 26 on her farm near Orangeville, just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

The world's tallest cow has died on a farm in northern Illinois after holding the record for less than a year.

Help is at hand

Taranaki Rural Support Trust chairman Graeme Hight, co-ordinator Marcia Paurini and Taranaki Federated Farmers president Bronwyn Muir are ready to help farmers manage the low payout this season.

Rural groups band together to support dairy farmers needing assistance to handle a season of low milk payouts.

Juggling commercial realities

Massey Agricultural Experiment Station manager Allan Still (right) with Tuapaka & Keebles farms manager Phil Brooks (centre) and No.4 Dairy Farm herd manager Natalie Butcher.

There's "never a dull moment" as Massey University's experimental farms juggle serving two new masters.

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opinion

New tax rules for farmers

Cow Gas, Burp and Fart emisions to be taxed. Farm in Methvan. DAIRY COWS CATTLE
Pic Jane Sanders
Story Keri Welham

OPINION: IRD clarifies the method dairy farmers should use to claim tax deductions on loans from New Zealand Dairy Farming Trusts.

Quick changes do more harm than good

It’s a time for dairy farmers to hunker down, but not lie doggo, says Keith Woodford.

Don’t take my word for it

Education the key to farm safety

Fieldays

Getting his own back

Michael Van de Elzen loves to see people appreciating his cooking.

Chef Michael Van de Elzen loves to see people appreciating his cooking.

Design and art with ag flavour

Designers and artists are set unleash their creativity with stunning garments for this year's Fieldays Ag Art Awards.

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

A world class agribusiness event

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

dairy

World's tallest cow dies

Blosom, the world's tallest cow, died May 26 on her farm near Orangeville, just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

The world's tallest cow has died on a farm in northern Illinois after holding the record for less than a year.

Latest dairy price drop 'unexpected'

Prices continue their downward spiral in another weak GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Taranaki Rural Support Trust chairman Graeme Hight, co-ordinator Marcia Paurini and Taranaki Federated Farmers president Bronwyn Muir are ready to help farmers manage the low payout this season.

Plans in place to help struggling farmers

Rural organisations are banding together to support dairy farmers needing assistance to handle a season of low milk payouts.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

What you see is what you get

Kevin and Megan Friel prove how quiet their sale bulls are in the paddock.

A move from King Country to Hawke's Bay was a good move for a couple who have been selling angus bulls together for almost 20 years.

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Te Mania stock manager Will Wilding with Beef Expo champion of champion bull Te Mania Jonah in the ring.

Bull operation set to expand

Expansion plans for Te Mania bull operation follow top competition results.

Sheep

Poachers shot pregnant ewe

Nelson Courthouse.

Couple fined for poaching deer and pregnant sheep on private farmland near Nelson.

Sheep billboards bring hope video

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition with their composites.

Farmers win ewe hogget award

It's official. Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft's ewe hoggets are the best in the country.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Farmstrong puts farmers first

10:25 AM  A NEW rural wellbeing programme has been launched that aims to help shift the focus of mental health from depression and illness to one of wellbeing.

Trust celebrates 4000th covenant

The QEII National Trust has registered its 4000th covenant nearly 40 years after its first official land protection.

Illegal imports of live eggs could introduce devastating diseases such as avian influenza.

Fined $45K for egg imports

9:54 AM  A New Plymouth woman who imported live chicken eggs has been fined $45,000.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Study casts doubts on long-acting drenches

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

rural women

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

Last year's supreme winner of the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards Bridgit Hawkins started her company six years ago while raising two young children.

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Video

Tour guide 'in shock' over lion mauling

He tried to fight off the lion, but there was no saving American tourist Katherine Chappell.

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